Festival Board/Committee


Festival President Wynford Ellis Owen

Festival Chief Executive Kelvin Guy

Events and Finance Judith Guy

Awards Coordinator/Producer Aled Wyn Pillips  

Press Robert Lloyd

 Patron Marc Evans

Patron Julian Lewis Jones

Patron Arfon Haines Daveis

Patron Euryn Ogwen Williams

     Kelvin Guy   Festival Chief Executive And Founder


Since 2005 Kelvin has been researching the life of Wales' first Hollywood star, Gareth Hughes. Kelvin, has been to the states on three separate occasions to interview people who knew Gareth.

As a result of Kelvin's research a documentary was made about Gareth called "In Search of Gareth Hughes". The documentary has won numerous awards here in the UK and Internationally.  

Kelvin has also made a documentary about the 1911 railway riots/strike in Llanelli West Wales. Where two bystanders were shot by the British army during the strike!

In April 2012 Carmarthen Bay Film Festival was founded by Kelvin.

The festival was held for the first time in Llanelli,Carmarthenshire,the home town of Wales' very first Hollywood film Gareth Hughes. The festival is very much the champion of the independent film maker and cinema in the UK! Carmarthen Bay Film Festival was one of the first festivals to sign up to UFFO code of conduct of which Kelvin is the Wales committee chair.

 Kelvin is also a member of BAFTA Cymru and regular judge for them.

Festival Patrons Gareth Hughes

Wynford Ellis Owen Festival President   

After a 40 years career as a writer, actor and director working in theatre and television, Wynford returned to college in 2006 to study for a Fd.Sc. degree in Addictions Counselling. After graduating in the summer of 2008, he worked briefly as an addictions counsellor in Rhoserchan, the drug and alcohol treatment centre above Penrhyncoch, near Aberystwyth. On the 1st of October, 2008 he started work as Chief Executive Officer of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, and a corner-stone of his 3 year strategy was the establishment of Stafell Fyw Caerdydd/Living Room Cardiff, a community based Recovery Centre supporting people with addiction problems in Cardiff and surrounding areas. He was awarded the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship for 2010 and visited some of the new recovery community centres in the U.S. which have achieved long-term recovery from severe alcohol and/or drug-related problems. A network of such centres is to be found in Vermont, Connecticut and Philadelphia, Washington D C and Virginia. Visiting these centres provided Wynford with very useful ideas on how to better build a strong “peer culture” into the Stafell Fyw Caerdydd/Living Room Cardiff project, which was officially opened on 8th September, 2011.

Wynford is married to Meira, has two daughters, Bethan and Rwth, and is a very proud grandfather to Begw, Efa, Bobi and Jac. He lives in Creigiau on the outskirts of Cardiff.                      

Mark Lewis Jones Festival Judge

Mark Lewis Jones is a Welsh actor heavily trained on the theatrical stage. Mark trained at two acting institutions including the Clwyd Youth Theatre as a teenager and then also at the the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He found stage work in London with such theatrical shows as Royal Shakespeare Company, and at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Mark made his initial start in films in 1985 and went on to work in many television movies and series. His extensive television work include appearances on 55 Degrees North (2004), Waking the Dead (2000) and the Hallmark production Jason and the Argonauts (2000). His film appearances have been tied to several notable, high-budget productions, starting with Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) in 2003, starring Russell Crowe. Mark then got a role in Wolfgang Petersen 's Troy (2004) starring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana. He later rejoined his cast mate Eric Bana in the historical drama The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). In 2010, Mark shared the big screen with is Master and Commander cast mate Russell Crowe in the 13th century adventure epic Robin Hood (2010). After 2010, Mark reprised his work on the small screen, appearing throughout different series most notably on the medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011) and has even lent his contribution in voice acting.

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Stuart Urban Festival Judge


Stuart has written and directed theatrical film and TV dramas that have sold around the world, and won him many awards, including two BAFTAs.


At 13, his first film was exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival. THE VIRUS OF WAR was a thirty-minute film about a fascist outpost on British Islands in the Atlantic. It is preserved in the National Film Archive.


His first feature-length BBC drama, AN UNGENTLEMANLY ACT dramatised the first 36 hours of the Falklands War. Written and directed by Stuart and starring Ian Richardson and Bob Peck, it won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama and many international awards.


From 1994-95, Urban directed OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTH starring Daniel Craig, the most successful drama for 15 years on BBC2, which won him another BAFTA for Best Drama Serial. The Guardian recently voted it the number three drama of all time.


In 1995, he wrote the $6 million HBO/BBC film DEADLY VOYAGE which garnered a Silver Nymph for Best Screenplay at Monte Carlo and an NAACP Nomination in the US, proving to be one of HBO’s most popular movies of the year.


In 1997 Stuart wrote and directed PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED, theatrically released in 23 countries and a popular title on the film festival circuit. The first movie to treat the fetish/BDSM scene, it became a cult classic, with cats, cars, clubs and cocktails named after its characters and scenes. In 2013 it became the first European movie to be restored and revived by Kickstarter fans

In 1999, Harold Pinter chose Stuart to co-write and direct AGAINST THE WAR, a hard-hitting documentary attacking the NATO bombing of Serbia for the BBC and Cyclops Vision.


From 2000-2001 Stuart wrote and directed REVELATION, a Cyclops Vision Production for Romulus Films. This mystical/supernatural thriller starred Terence Stamp and Udo Kier and was shot in Europe and the Mediterranean. It concerns the quest to locate and understand a relic that heralds the fusion of science and religion. Theatrically released in UK April 2002, REVELATION played for 5 weeks in the West End. Alexander Walker of the Evening Standard found it “excellent…a film with a brain behind it”.


Stuart has also directed factual television, e.g. BBC’s PANORAMA where he made the influential 2005 edition BLAIR V BLAIR, about civil liberties and terrorism.


In 2007 Stuart directed the theatrical documentary TOVARISCH, I AM NOT DEAD. Garri Urban, survivor of the Holocaust and Russian Gulags, revisits scenes of his past. Critically acclaimed on its release, the film was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards and Griersons, winning many international awards.


MAY I KILL U? (2013), written and directed by Stuart and starring Kevin Bishop and Frances Barber, is a black comedy about a cycling bobby who goes rogue after the London riots. Released theatrically in many countries, it won a Silver Melies as one of the best European genre films of the year. Philip French of The Observer described it as “funny, sharp and ruthless”, while Bizarre Magazine said it was “hilarious and thought-provoking in equal measure”.

Julian Lewis Jones  is a Welsh actor. He has appeared largely in British television in shows such as Where the Heart Is and Caerdydd. In 2009, he starred in Clint Eastwood's drama film Invictus, as the head of Nelson Mandela's bodyguard team.

In 2010 he appeared in the TV series The Tudors as Mr. Roper (the park keeper) in Season 4, Episode 1. Also in 2010 he appeared on British TV series Spooks (US title MI-5) as Russian spy Viktor Barenshik in Season 9, Episode 3.

You can find out more about Julian’s Filmography here

Ross King Festival Judge

Los Angeles based Ross King is one of Britain’s most vibrant and versatile award winning performers having worked stage, screen and radio. He made his first stage performance at the tender age of five, first radio broadcast when he was 15 and his television debut at 17.

Currently, he can be seen daily on ITV morning shows “Daybreak” and “Lorraine” as their Los Angeles Correspondent. Ross has been on national American television hosting “The Hollywood Christmas Parade” and “The Critics Choice Movie Awards Red Carpet” for VH1. For five years, Scottish born Ross was the Entertainment Anchor on KTLA/The CW Channel 5’s Prime News, winning four Emmys and a Golden Mic award along the way. He is also regularly seen on Australia’s Channel 9

For more info please check out Ross’ website

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